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Change of Scenery – Fall 2016


WHO Newark History Society

WHAT Innovation & Industry

WHEN Mon. 9/19 • 6:00 PM


During the 19th century, Newark was one of America’s wealthiest cities and an important center of manufacturing and technical innovation. A panel of historians will explore Newark’s industrial heritage through some of its most famous manufacturers and inventors, including Seth Boyden, the inventor of patent leather, and Hannibal Goodwin, who patented camera film on celluloid. Admission is free.


Courtesy of NJPAC

Courtesy of NJPAC

WHO Rita Moreno

WHAT New Jersey Speaker Series

WHEN Thu. 10/6 • 8:00 PM

WHERE Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Rita Moreno comes to Newark as part of the New Jersey Speakers Series—seven powerful and enlightening programs presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University at NJPAC. Moreno is one of only 12 actors who have won all four major entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for portraying Anita in the film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. Recently, Moreno was presented with the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center Honors.

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WHO Sesame Street Live

WHAT Elmo Makes Music

WHEN Fri. 10/7 • 6:30 PM

Sat. 10/8 • 10:30 AM & 2:00 PM

WHERE Prudential Hall/NJPAC

WHEN the new music teacher’s instruments go missing, Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and their friends come to the rescue and discover things about music they never knew existed. Monsters make music? Yes, they do… and in wonderful ways, too.

WHO Academy of American Poets

WHAT Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival

WHEN Thurs. 10/20 – Sun. 10/23 • 9:00 AM

WHERE Downtown Arts District

The largest poetry event in North America returns to NJPAC and Newark’s Downtown Arts District this fall with the 16th biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Readings and poetry discussions are scheduled for multiple stages throughout each day, with featured readings by major poets in Prudential Hall each evening and on Sunday afternoon. The Academy of American Poets is integrating its annual Poets Forum into the festival for the first time. For more info visit

WHO Newark History Society

WHAT Ethnicity & Community

WHEN Mon. 10/24 • 6:00 PM


An expert panel will discuss the experiences of African Americans, Puerto Ricans and Portuguese in creating community in Newark, and generting opportunities for their children through social clubs, churches, festivals and informal support networks. Mark Krasovic, interim director of the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers-Newark, will moderate.

Photo by Barak Weizmann

WHO Ehud Barak

WHAT New Jersey Speakers Series

WHEN Thu. 10/27 • 8:00 PM

WHERE Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Ehud Barak, Prime Minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001, entered politics following a 35-year career as a highly decorated officer in the Israel Defense Forces. He served as leader of the Labor Party until 2011 and held posts as Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister in Benjamin Netanyahu’s government from 2009 to 2013.

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WHO Steve Martin & Martin Short

WHAT An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life

WHEN Sun. 10/30 • 7:00 PM

WHERE Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Two comedy legends reunite for a one-night-only performance of stand-up, film clips and musical numbers featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko. Short and Martin recall their iconic careers, creative influences and memorable encounters, uniquely presented through banter, singing and banjo playing.



WHO Warren Carlyle

WHAT Carefree: Dancin’ with Fred & Ginger

WHEN Fri. 11/4 & Sat. 11/5 • 7:30 PM

WHERE Victoria Theater/NJPAC

An all-new tribute to American cinema’s most iconic dance duo, Carefree presents a modern musical journey through Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ singular partnership on screen. Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle’s innovative staging blends today’s best Broadway hoofers with original footage from films such as Top Hat and Swing Time to breathe fresh life into the pair’s famous routines.

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WHO Colleen Ballinger-Evans

WHAT Miranda Sings

WHEN Wed. 11/9 • 8:00 PM

WHERE Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Ballinger-Evans is the brains and personality behind YouTube’s Miranda Sings, an international phenomenon whose channel has amassed 10 million devoted subscribers and over a billion views. Her show at NJPAC will be filled with songs, magic tricks, dramatic readings of hate mail and never-before-seen videos.

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WHO Trilogy: An Opera Company


WHEN Sat. 11/12 • 7:00 PM

WHERE Victoria Theater/NJPAC

Composer Anthony Davis and playwright Richard Wesley create a compelling new opera about the Central Park Five, featuring bass Kevin Maynor. A brilliant and moving score incorporates young voices with five remarkable principal singers.

WHO Koji Kondo

WHAT Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses

WHEN Sun. 11/13 • 7:30 PM

WHERE Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Based on the beloved video game series, this production features live orchestral performances of theme music from Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda, and a giant screen showing the franchise’s most memorable moments. The orchestral score, approved by Nintendo sound director and Legend of Zelda franchise composer Koji Kondo, makes for a festive experience for all fans, many of whom “cos-play” as their favorite characters.

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WHO Broadway Cast of FELA!

WHAT The Concert: Afro Dance Party

WHEN Wed. 11/16 • 7:30 PM

WHERE Prudential Hall/NJPAC

This joyous celebration of Afrobeat founding father Fela Kuti features a 10-piece band and cast members of the original Tony-winning Broadway show. Kuti’s eclectic sounds and powerful lyrics demonstrate why he is regarded as a world music legend.


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WHO Kevin James

WHAT Live on Stage

WHEN Sat. 12/3 • 8:00 PM

WHERE Prudential Hall/NJPAC

The star of The King of Queens, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Zookeeper, Pixels and Grown Ups. Takes the Prudential Hall stage for an evening of comedy. The King of Queens premiered in 1998 and ran for nine seasons on CBS, earning James an Emmy nomination. He made his feature film debut in Hitch, opposite Will Smith.

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WHO Neil deGrasse Tyson

WHAT An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson

WHEN Thu. 12/15 • 8:00 PM

WHERE Prudential Hall/NJPAC

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium, unravels the mysteries of modern science for earthlings. He explores humanity’s quest for understanding in this family-friendly, multi-media presentation and Q&A. Tyson is the recipient of 18 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal.

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